Brenda Baillie



Dr Brenda Baillie specialises in the area of forestry and freshwater. Her research work focuses on the effects of forest management practices on water quality, woody debris in streams, stream ecology and the effect of extreme weather events on stream ecosystems.


  • PhD (Biological Sciences), University of Waikato - 2011
  • MAppSc, Lincoln University - 2001
  • BSc (Biology and Earth Sciences), University of Waikato - 1996

Research capabilities

  • Water quality
  • Stream ecology
  • Woody debris – dynamics and ecology
  • Freshwater policy
  • Forestry environmental standards
  • Forest management effects on stream and riparian environments
  • Effects of extreme weather events on stream and riparian ecosystems
  • Forestry and freshwater ecosystem services

Career highlights

  • Member of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Forests and Water Interactions in a Changing Environment Taskforce, 2015-present
  • Member of the AS/NZS 4708 Sustainable Forest Management Standards Reference Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, National Objectives Framework Reference Group (National Policy Statement for Freshwater), 2012-2017
  • Contributor, Development of the National Environmental Standards for the Forest Industry of New Zealand, 2010-2011
  • Member, Expert Panel, National Environmental Monitoring and Reporting, Ministry for the Environment, 2011
  • Committee Member, Annual Freshwater Sciences Society Conference, 2006
  • Recipient, Bright Future Enterprise Scholarship, 2004-2009
  • Member, New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society, 1996-present
  • Nominated for Emerging Scientist, Ansett-Forest Research Standards of Excellence Awards-1999

Selected papers

Larned, S. T., Moores, J., Gadd, J., Baillie, B., & Schallenberg, M. (2019). Evidence for the effects of land use on freshwater ecosystems in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1-41. DOI10.1080/00288330.2019.1695634.

Baillie, B. (2020) Forested headwater riparian areas – functions and benefits. New Zealand Journal of Forestry: 65(1), 22-29.

Baillie, B. R., Bayne, K. M. (2019). The historical use of fire as a land management tool in New Zealand and the challenges for its continued use. Landscape Ecology: 34(10), 2229-2244. DOI 10.1007/s10980-019-00906-8

Meason, D. F.; Baillie, B. R.; Lad, P.; Hock, B. K.; Payn, T. W. (2019) Planted forests and water yield in New Zealand’s hydrological landscape: current and future challenges. NZ Journal of Forestry: 63(4), 29-35.

Baillie, B. R., Hicks, B. J., Hogg, I. D., van den Heuvel, M. R., Kimberley, M. O. (2019). Debris dams as habitat for aquatic invertebrates in forested headwater streams: a large-scale field experiment. Marine and Freshwater Research

Tatum, V. L., Jackson, C. R., McBroom, M. W., Baillie, B. R., Schilling, E. B., & Wigley, T. B. 2017. Effectiveness of forestry best management practices (BMPs) for reducing the risk of forest herbicide use to aquatic organisms in streams. Forest Ecology and Management 404, 258–268. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.08.046

Rolando, C. A., Baillie, B. R., Thompson, D. G., & Little, K. M. (2017). The Risks Associated with Glyphosate-Based Herbicide Use in Planted Forests. Forests, 8(6), 208. doi:10.3390/f8060208.

Baillie, B.R.; Neary, D.G.; Gous, S.; Rolando, C.A. 2015. Aquatic fate of aerially applied hexazinone and terbuthylazine in a New Zealand planted forest. Journal of Sustainable Watershed Science and Management 2(1): 118–129. doi: 10.5147/jswsm.2015.0187.

Baillie B.R.; Neary, D.G. 2015. Water quality in New Zealand’s planted forests: a
review. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 45 (7), 18p. DOI 10.1186/s40490-015-0040-0.